September 2012

A Guide to Edinburgh: Edinburgh Uncovered

by admin on September 27, 2012

A Guide to Edinburgh: Edinburgh Uncovered

The capital of Scotland lies on the Forth Estuary, in the South East of the country. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 with good reason – the medieval architecture, history and beauty of the Old Town and the Neo-Classical Georgian New Town are magnificent. It is a great city to visit as it has something for everyone and is very tourist-friendly. Here we look at the stalwart attractions and the less known hidden gems that Edinburgh has to offer.

Festivals

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It is always great to fit in a festival on your travels and the Edinburgh calendar is jam packed with events, including Hogmanay (New Year’s), Burn’s Night, The Edinburgh Fringe and the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo. Book well ahead and expect a lot of fun!

The Must-Sees

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There are some places that you must visit whilst in Edinburgh. Namely, Edinburgh Castle – a medieval fortress. As Scotland’s number one tourist attraction, its setting on a craggy hilltop is dramatic at any time of the year. Make sure to be there at 1pm to hear the gun fired, a way of telling the time in ye olden days! Next door, is the Scotch Whiskey Experience. Need we say more?

Arthur’s Seat is one of seven hills in Edinburgh (bit like Rome). It is an extinct volcano and is a possible location for King Arthur’s Camelot, hence the name. Actually the name more likely comes from ‘Archers Seat’ as it was once the site of a hill fort. The hill is within Holyrood Park and is a great destination for keen walkers.

For traditional fare head to Dubh Prais or Stac Polly. Both offer old-fashioned classics such as haggis, calves liver or venison with a modern twist. To take away a taste of Scotland, Macsween’s haggis is arguably the best – and you can pick one up in any of the major supermarkets!

Unusual Experiences

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The 3D Loch Ness Experience holds everything you need or can know about the Loch Ness Monster – sightings, facts, photos and theories all under one roof. Edinburgh Dungeon is not for the faint hearted and is a gruesome insight into the city’s past. Cabaret Voltaire is an underground (literally) music venue where you can hear Scotland’s next big musician.

The best kept secret is The Real Mary King’s Close. Deep underground the Royal Mile is a time capsule of a street with a gripping story to tell. The tour lasts an hour and is hosted by one of the Close’s real residents from the 17th Century.

There are all the major hotel chains here, naturally, but for a truly unique and special stay, try The Witchery at the top of the Royal Mile. Time Out says, “Dark, gothic and thoroughly theatrical – if you can get a room the Witchery is the place to indulge yourself.” With rates of £350/night it is indulgent but worth every penny!

Getting Around

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Lothian buses have a flat rate of £1.40 (70p kids) per journey or £3.50 (£2 kids aged 5-15) for an all day pass. Car parking is reasonable enough for a city centre, depending where you park – between £1 and £2.80 an hour. Check out Edinburgh Council’s website for parking details. You could have even more fun and consider a car hire where you can travel at ease in your own time and park up anywhere you like, taking in the views of Edinburgh.

Getting Away

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If the hustle and bustle of city life gets too much, you can always explore other parts of Scotland from Edinburgh Airport. The Shetland Isles are just 1.5 hours away and offer rugged landscapes, little ponies, sweaters and varied wildlife. The Outer Hebrides is accessed through Stornoway Airport, less than an hour away from Edinburgh. These islands have fine shell beaches and great surfing. Callanish stone circle is older than Stonehenge and Highland Games during the summer.

Thank you to Sixt for putting together this informative travel guide to Edinburgh! It is a must see visit so board your plane and get visiting these beautiful places as soon as possible!

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Question by suthrnlyts™: In your opinion, will the Red Beret and Che Guevara t-shirt wearers be looking for a new home to latch onto?
Professor Jones has finally come around on global warming. He admits that for the past 15 years there has been “no statistically significant” warming, and that the world was actually warmer during medieval times. This should essentially put to rest his falsified idea that man has created global warming.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html#ixzz0fWrHldg3

What we are witnessing is essentially the demise of the global warming movement. What movement will the progressives and anti-capitalists glom onto next?

Best answer:

Answer by Evil Independent
That would be great, I suggest Mexico.

Oh, the next movement. Hmmm, probably attacking Iran in order to get Obama reelected.

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MOYNTZA

by admin on September 24, 2012

A few nice medieval clothes images I found:

MOYNTZA
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Image by SpaceShoe [Learning to live with the crisis]
This is a photo of a disabled student "giving the hand" (μούντζα – pronounced moon-tza) to the authorities at the city of Chania in Crete during the "Independence Celebration" that we have all over Greece on the 25th of March.

Μούντζα is a very popular gesture we use in Greece when we want to show our disapproval of someone’s actions. Is signifies anger and disappointment and it is also meant to carry a curse for the person who is the receiver.

I quote from wikipedia:

"The origin of the gesture can be traced back to the ancient years, when it was used as a curse. It is said that even during the Eleusinian Mysteries, it complemented verbal curses against evil forces. It was then called faskeloma "φασκέλωμα" (the words faskeloma and faskelo, meaning moutza, are still used to this day).

In later years, the name changed to "moutza" when in the penal code of Byzantium, whereby a chained criminal was paraded around town sitting, facing backwards, on a donkey and with their face smeared with cinder to enhance their ridicule.

Cinder in medieval Greek was called moutzos (μούντζος). Because cinder was wiped on the person’s face first by collecting it in the palm and then by extending open the fingers, the gesture itself became insulting, to be known as moutza, after the name of the material applied. The modern Greek word "moutzoura" or "mountzoura" (a smudge, scribble or dark stain) has the same origin."

[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moutza]

The parade in Chania as in all over Greece took place under draconian police measures, where clashes were taking places while at the same time students were parading. In many cases, the parades stopped because of the clashes between police and citizens and when this did not happen, people were booing politicians and the authorities.

Students participating on the parades, at some cases were wearing black clothes (a signal of mourning when you lose a close family member), were not turning their head to the authorities thus not accepting them as such.

This did not come as a surprise to anyone with common sense. The situation in Greece every single day that passes becomes worse and worse. New taxes are introduced almost in a weekly basis, more cuts on social spending and huge unemployment, crime rates are going higher and higher. The social sphere is on the brink of collapse.

This specific photo of a student with disabilities "giving the hand" to the authorities went viral on social networks, news blogs and sites because it was seen as a heroic act of resistance, a victory on the symbolic level of David vs Goliath, from a young boy facing great difficulties due to his disability. Now, with even greater difficulties due to the measures taken from our government which include huge cuts on social welfare for the disabled.

It was also seen as an act of resistance where a boy who cannot walk has the mental and spiritual power to resist where the people of authority never resisted or protected the people who elected them, whom they were supposed to represent their interests, whom they betrayed.

According to a statement he made on Facebook, he didn’t want to become a hero, he didn’t want fame. He just wants a chance for him and for all the people with disabilities in Greece.

[photo was first published at the local newspaper "Αγώνας της Κρήτης"]

ΜΟΥΝΤΖΑ
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Image by SpaceShoe [Learning to live with the crisis]
This is a photo of a disabled student "giving the hand" (μούντζα – pronounced moon-tza) to the authorities at the city of Chania in Crete during the "Independence Celebration" that we have all over Greece on the 25th of March.

Μούντζα is a very popular gesture we use in Greece when we want to show our disapproval of someone’s actions. Is signifies anger and disappointment and it is also meant to carry a curse for the person who is the receiver.

I quote from wikipedia:

"The origin of the gesture can be traced back to the ancient years, when it was used as a curse. It is said that even during the Eleusinian Mysteries, it complemented verbal curses against evil forces. It was then called faskeloma "φασκέλωμα" (the words faskeloma and faskelo, meaning moutza, are still used to this day).

In later years, the name changed to "moutza" when in the penal code of Byzantium, whereby a chained criminal was paraded around town sitting, facing backwards, on a donkey and with their face smeared with cinder to enhance their ridicule.

Cinder in medieval Greek was called moutzos (μούντζος). Because cinder was wiped on the person’s face first by collecting it in the palm and then by extending open the fingers, the gesture itself became insulting, to be known as moutza, after the name of the material applied. The modern Greek word "moutzoura" or "mountzoura" (a smudge, scribble or dark stain) has the same origin."

[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moutza]

The parade in Chania as in all over Greece took place under draconian police measures, where clashes were taking places while at the same time students were parading. In many cases, the parades stopped because of the clashes between police and citizens and when this did not happen, people were booing politicians and the authorities.

Students participating on the parades, at some cases were wearing black clothes (a signal of mourning when you lose a close family member), were not turning their head to the authorities thus not accepting them as such.

This did not come as a surprise to anyone with common sense. The situation in Greece every single day that passes becomes worse and worse. New taxes are introduced almost in a weekly basis, more cuts on social spending and huge unemployment, crime rates are going higher and higher. The social sphere is on the brink of collapse.

This specific photo of a student with disabilities "giving the hand" to the authorities went viral on social networks, news blogs and sites because it was seen as a heroic act of resistance, a victory on the symbolic level of David vs Goliath, from a young boy facing great difficulties due to his disability. Now, with even greater difficulties due to the measures taken from our government which include huge cuts on social welfare for the disabled.

It was also seen as an act of resistance where a boy who cannot walk has the mental and spiritual power to resist where the people of authority never resisted or protected the people who elected them, whom they were supposed to represent their interests, whom they betrayed.

According to a statement he made on Facebook, he didn’t want to become a hero, he didn’t want fame. He just wants a chance for him and for all the people with disabilities in Greece.

[photo was first published at the local newspaper "Αγώνας της Κρήτης"]

The Assumption
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Image by Kotomicreations
Albion Reproductions
25 x 18 mm
"This polished peweter pendant is a perfect casting taken from an early 15th century pewter pilgrim badge. The badge is dedicated to Our Lady of Eton and depicts the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary. The crowned figure is holding the infant Christ in her left arm. Over her right shoulder rests the sceptre of the Kingdomof Heaven. The Virgin is cradled in a crescent moon at the centre of an aurora of radiance. The new moon signifles her heavenly status and is a symbol of the Assumption. On the reverse side is the full length robe in which the Virgin is clothed on lager badges. A number of variants of this badge have been found, but only this one is double-sided. They are medieval pilglim’s souvenirs from a visit to one of the shrines at Eton near Winsor. When King Henry 6th founded Eton Collage in 1440, he dedicated the new collegiate chapel to Our Lady of eaton. Large numbers of pilgrims are known to have travelled to the Eton shrines during Henry’s reign, especially on the day of the Feast of the Assumption. This facsimile is taken from perhaps the finest badge surviving from the time."

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Query by : Is this a very good case in point of how corrupt the Vatican and Catholic church is?
“”Charles Francis Flynn – recognized in his neighborhood as merely, Charlie is a twentieth century American criminal. Charles was born in May of 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. A tall 6’2″ male with a slender build, wavy slicked back dark brown hair and light eco-friendly Irish eyes. He was initial arrested at the age of 17 in 1963 for a drug arrest and continuing his downward spiral from there. Flynn commenced operating with a uncle on the west facet of Manhattan and was drafted by the US Army at the age of 21 in the summer season of 1967, Flynn was not happy and regarded as himself “too very good for the armed service”, Flynn, nevertheless acquired tiny pity from his D-Day veteran father, and the Army. Flynn was sent to the jungles of Vietnam by September of that identical year and fought in battle for the duration of the 1968 Tet Offensive. Flynn was honorably discharged in 1969, despite superiors noting Flynn as “keeping a great disdain for authority figures”. Right after returning to civilian existence, Flynn’s drug use grew to become a severe situation. Flynn lived with his mothers and fathers for a number of a long time and close to 1977, his father found him a job with a small metal firm that had it really is primary office in the World Trade Center, Flynn excelled as a commodities trader. Flynn was described as not “extremely smart but utilised his good appears, deceit, manipulative abilities and road smarts to swiftly progress in his new occupation” In 1981 Flynn was arrested for insider trading and served fourteen months in federal jail, on release Flynn realized he experienced misplaced his job, this tremendously angered Flynn.

In 1983, at age 37, Flynn moved again in with his dad and mom and more youthful sister. It was close to this time Flynn developed a new firm, while the SEC was investigating him. Flynn ultimately agreed to spend a fine in addition to being barred from buying and selling by the Securities and Trade Commission in 1988, Flynn utilised numerous aliases, which includes Mark Rose.
In an attempt to use the Roman Catholic Church to discourage concerns of legitimacy, Flynn started the St. Francis of Assisi Basis in the British Virgin Islands, with a nominal mission of investing in insurance coverage companies in order to fund hospitals. Among folks solicited to be part of the Basis board was retired CBS Evening Information anchorman Walter Cronkite when he declined to be a part of, his title was employed anyhow.An official of the Roman Curia, Monsignor Emilio Colagiovanni, agreed to indicator a letter falsely stating that the Basis received funding from the Vatican in exchange for many million bucks for his personal use and a ten million greenback donation to the Catholic church. The then sixty five 12 months aged Colagiovanni was extradited from Vatican Town and served a 5 yr sentence in a Maryland federal jail known as “Club Fed”, from 1999 – 2004, as of 2011 he is 77 many years old and dwelling in Italy.

By November 1993, Flynn’s unlawful antics experienced caught up with him and he was under critical investigation by the FBI for defrauding the federal government, tax fraud, wire fraud and various other crimes. Around this time, Flynn’s lengthy-time and devout Catholic girlfriend Cara Kelly threatened to change him in, because of to employing the churches name in vain, immediately after Flynn tried to persuade her and she refused, Flynn brutally stabbed her at least thirty times and established his Connecticut compound on fireplace with her in it, making an attempt to damage any paper trail.

Flynn rapidly fled to his ancestors homeland, and a little city stuffed with medieval period castles, Kilkenny, Ireland. Flynn manufactured many connections with like-minded people, and even a distant cousin. In March of 1995, Flynn was tipped off that the American govt and Irish officers had an arrangement in location to arrest and speedily extradite Flynn back again to New York. Flynn fled to Canada, wherever he stayed in Quebec until finally January of 1996 and crossed the border into upstate New York. Flynn located himself living in a little mountain city in Vermont for much of the calendar year. Flynn was deemed an really dangerous fugitive, battle trained, practically nothing to drop and was acknowledged to keep a huge arsenal of weapons. Officials had to be very cautious. On Oct 10 of 1996 Flynn was apprehended in the course of an early morning raid on the log cabin he was staying in, Flynn struggled, but was not armed and had to be forced to wear a spit mask and shackles because of to spitting and kicking brokers.

Flynn refused to speak with officers in the course of interrogation and produced numerous racist remarks toward a black agent. Flynn was probably to experience a existence sentence, the only debate was to hold him in federal or state jail. During Flynn’s arraignment, he appeared prior to the federal decide verbally abuse, contacting the decide a “unwanted fat f***” and “homo”. In early 1999, Flynn was identified guilty on all charges and is currently serving a existence sentence in Colorado Super-max jail in Florence.”

Nytimes crime blotter

Finest response:

Reply by Stimpy
Google “False Decretals”

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Problem by juuuwwiiiaa♥: HALLOWEEN…………………………….COSTUMES?
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Best reply:

Reply by Elle
How about Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Calls for:

Straightforward black gown
prolonged black gloves
pearl necklace
tiara
long cigarette holder

It’s a glamorous thought…I saw a lady as that last year and she appeared so sweet!

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